KnowledgeLake

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KnowledgeLake Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
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  1.  

    Working for KnowledgeLake expands awareness of the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem and what the platform can provide.

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake

    Pros

    Great company with great technology with a unique solution for the Microsoft SharePoint market . Great atmosphere to work in. The KnowledgeLake solutions truly help many organizations leverage the SharePoint platform for what it was originally intended for...collaboration on corporate assets and information.

    Cons

    Company needs to focus more on product quality and simplifying deployment of the solution. Too many unhappy customers due to the headaches that come from the installation and configuration process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer satisfaction by ensuring that the products are free from defects and work as advertised. Be a product company first and a services company second...as opposed to the inverse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Sad to see a great company dissolve...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are some of the best engineers and P.S. folks in the industry working here. Anyone lucky enough to spend time with them should jump at the opportunity. You will learn and grow in their presence.

    Cons

    I've watched from the inside as fantastic leaders have left the company. I watched the CEO compromise on his own values and break promises made to the organization out of clear desperation.

    When sales slow down on a product, its like air being cut off. It doesn't matter if the air was for an athlete's body or not, they squirm and writhe and embarrass themselves. This is the sad story occurring right now in a company that I would honestly put on my prayer list at church.

    This company was an athlete when I arrived 2 years ago, in perfect condition. It is now being led by a Japanese corporation who does not understand the secret sauce that made folks come to work everyday. The cultures are so different and management styles are too. Thus, so many great talents have left.

    Lack of product management is the key reason anyone should be warned going in. The process in engineering is currently an engineer mocks something up they think they like and someone sells it before it is ready. Then the whole team scrambles to fix the "bugs" until the customer stops complaining.

    Proactive processes have turned to reactive ones in just two years. Still, I will miss the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back on the offense, defend your process or fix it, do not abandon it! Stop reacting to employee's deficiences and giving them labels. It is easy to brood and hate when things aren't going well. Take ownership. Try to see each employees value every day. What are they good at doing? Ask yourself how you leverage each persons unique talent and experience to achieve a well thought out business plan / product vision / whatever? Don't have a detailed and complete plan or vision that you believe in? GET ONE!!! Two juniors do not equal a senior unless you are not challenging your senior so stop telling people that. Take responsibility for it instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great coworkers, terrible pay.

    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the managers are fantastic. The people in software engineering are also very helpful at on boarding and teaching newbies.

    Cons

    They take advantage of new grads and don't pay well at all. You can't take the pto they give you easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay market value

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  5.  

    Great company, good staff, nice office but challenges with changing market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Now managed by Fujitsu the company has a ton of great benefits, they can't really be beat. Good education tools available and HR offers many fantastic online systems for career enhancement. Plenty of the usual niceties at the office like game room, snacks, special meal days, birthdays etc., standard stuff really but nice to have. Execs try really hard to keep the staff in the know about plans, goals and challenges.

    Cons

    Market has changed for SharePoint and KnowledgeLake bet all in on SharePoint, therefore they are seeing a challenging time in the market. Pressure is on all departments to work harder and smarter, not unusual but the pressure is new to this young organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not so sure promoting a Sales Director to COO is the best idea, where is the experience in operating company coming from. Managing a sales team is one thing, but you can't manage a company like a sales quota. We'll see, he's a good guy and you won't find a harder working guy in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I great company with great opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    KnowledgeLake is a meritocracy...plain and simple. Do good work, get recognized and rewarded. I think the right workers thrive in environments like this and that's what makes KnowledgeLake a great place to grow a career. There is a high-energy buzz when you come to work, with nice perks, fun employee events and meetings and a positive work atmosphere.

    Cons

    For those who aren't used to, or aren't cut out for a high-performance culture, it can be tough to get traction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The executive team continues to open up and be more transparent. I urge them to continue to build that visibility for the teams. Overall, direction is clear and

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Confusing, lack of support, codebase is a disaster! New developers thrown in the deep end, and fired if they can't swim!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Nerf gun fights.
    - Foosball table.
    - Free sodas.

    Cons

    - Existing code is complex, not document and hard to understand.
    - Senior developers NOT willing to help juniors, out of fear of being fired, in favour of cheaper juniors.
    - Knowledge hording, no support for new staff (Got to figure it our for yourself).
    - Senior managers lie to your face, to cover their own faults. One minuite telling you they desperately.
    need your help, then fire you the next day once they realise they can't afford to keep you on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get a clue!
    - Go back to collage and acutally finish your business degrees.
    - Stop treating developers as idiots and tell the TRUE story of what is going on.
    - Impliment knowledge sharing, so that junior/new developers have a chance to survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusion reigns

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, beautiful office. Knowledgeable co workers

    Cons

    Simply no leadership or direction. Struggle to solve problems identified 3 years ago in a market that needs solutions now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen. You don't know as much as you think you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company. KnowledgeLake?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time

    Pros

    In the early days, the company was much more enjoyable, profitable, and there was a great deal of teamwork and cohesiveness among the teams. Those company traits have waned considerably over the past four years, since becoming a wholly-owned company of PFU.

    Cons

    Utter lack of management responsibility, coordination and overall POOR communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KnowledgeLake has taken the focus off of their employees, which in their own words, is a key component to achieving their bottom line and early success. Too many Chiefs, now where near enough Indians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Lacking good management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KnowledgeLake

    Pros

    Modern comfortable office space, clean bathrooms, good location, interesting work, free soda, collaborative atmosphere, nice HR people

    Cons

    Poor management, insufficient training opportunities, all employees are close friends-makes it hard to penetrate the barrier

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mandatory in-depth training is a must. Also management needs to communicate better and be easier to approach. I doubt anyone would dislike constructive criticism as long as it's followed by direction and advice. I felt like everyone was run a bit thin at this company. Hiring more people would allow management to have some time to actually manage their employees and be more involved with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SharePoint Developer Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - SharePoint Developer Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company and co-workers are focused on their job. Healthcare is pretty good, and covers most normal procedures. 401k matching program, is decent.

    Cons

    Culture has been on the downfall since KnowledgeLake was bought buy a large corporation. Only one of the four founding fathers remain working at KnowledgeLake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to bring back the culture that made this company fantastic!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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